Firm Profile

PRACTICE: General Civil and Trial Practice. Real Property, Insurance, Environmental, Shopping Center, Business, Commercial, Landlord-Tenant, Corporation, Employee Benefit Trust Funds and Probate Law.

FIRM-PROFILE: Year Established: 1919

MORSE ERSKINE. Position: Member. (1895-1968).

J. BENTON TULLEY. Position: Member. (1908-1974).

MICHAEL J. CARROLL. Position: Member, presently inactive. Born San Francisco, California, April 16, 1943; admitted to bar, 1972, California. Education: University of San Francisco (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1971). Phi Delta Phi (Stephens Inn). Member: Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California; International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; International Council of Shopping Centers. Practice Areas: Employee Benefit; Real Property; Shopping Center; Litigation.

ROBERT P. GATES. Position: Member. Born Cedar Rapids, Iowa, May 16, 1942; admitted to bar, 1970, California. Education: Occidental College (A.B., 1964); University of Michigan (J.D., 1969). Member: Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California (Member: Business Section; Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations, 1984-1986); American Bar Association. Practice Areas: Real Property; Shopping Center; Business; Litigation; Employment Law.



RICHARD H. HARRIS JR.. Position: Of Counsel. Born Cedar City, Utah, May 26, 1946; admitted to bar, 1977, California. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1969); Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California (J.D., 1977). Author: “Gag Orders on the Press: A Due Process Defense to Contempt Citations,” Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter, 1977. Member: Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California; American Bar Association (Member, Torts and Insurance Practice Section). [Lieut., U.S. Army, 1969-1971]. Practice Areas: Insurance; Environmental; Litigation; Business; Real Property Law.


CAROL HARRIS.  Position:  Of Counsel.  Carol holds an AB from Stanford University, an MA from Humboldt State University, and a JD from Hastings College of Law. She attended Boalt Hall in her 3rd year of law school.  Served as in-house counsel for Southern Pacific Transportation Company since 1977. Following the merger with Union Pacific Railroad Company, she joined Union Pacific’s law department as General Commerce Counsel, with offices in San Francisco. She joined Erskine & Tulley in June, 2008. Her practice includes: Transportation law; Public utilities regulation; Environmental air quality regulation; Legislative advocacy


All attorneys at Erskine & Tulley are rated “A-V,” the highest rating, by Martindale-Hubbell.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Alvin B. Chan, Inc.; Brannan Street Partners; Marcus & Millichap, Colliers International, Barry Slatt Mortgage Company, JENS Corporation, Toyota of California, Huntleigh Development, Inc., Caringello Electric, Cal-Bay Craftsmen, Inc., Wong Properties, Hogan & Vest, Inc.;  W. Laney Thornton; Progressive Insurance Company; Union Pacific Corporation; Californis Short Line Railroad Association